Monday Night Football was over at half time…but I spent the second half watching on anxiously in the hope my guys would rack up enough stats to win my fantasy games.
If you are like me and spend a little too much time checking up on the progress of your fantasy footy teams over the weekend, then the introduction of a Monday night game produced quite a nervous few hours. Whilst victory in the public leagues for each of our competitions was beyond doubt, the result for matches in our two other AFL Dream Team leagues were to be determined by the performances of players in the final match of the round between St Kilda and Collingwood.
Knowing that Half Back Flanker had three guys (Leon Davis, Scott Pendlebury and Brendon Goddard) left to play and after studying each opponent on Sunday night, I knew exactly what was required for victory. In the SENFrank01 League, we were on the verge of our first win with a 425 point advantage but the Shufflebears had five players in action that night, including Goddard as captain. In the Twitter DT League, I was 68 points down on Godees with each of us having three players to go. Well, so I thought…
Sure enough, Leon Davis didn’t take to the field for the Pies…this just days after I selected him instead of Steve Johnson in a trade! I thought my goose was cooked, especially trying to make up 68 points with one less player in the Twitter League. So it really added an extra level of interest in Monday night’s game…well, the interest in the actual result disappeared after just one quarter. Fortunately, big games from Pendlebury and Goddard and some poor returns from the opposing players saw me record narrow wins in both matches (by just six points in the Twitter league!) and go a perfect 4-0 for the weekend in all my Leagues.
And all this with three forwards short in DT…don’t ask me how! But no time to bask in glory as we have a four-day turnaround and a few holes to plug in both line-ups. Plus we have got in early for the AFL Premium Dream Team competition and must prepare for our live draft on Saturday. No rest for the dorky…
Pendlebury’s DT ton helped us to wins in all of our leagues…let’s hope he keep getting kicks against the Blues on Sunday!
Dream Team 13,158 points overall, 24,135th place – up a few thousand…must have been plenty of others who suffered from late withdrawals.
Last Week: 1,892 points – almost eclipsed last week’s score with three forwards out. Not bad, I s’pose.
Public League – defeated p2ster (1,178). Hard to get too carried away when you are kicking arse in one of the worst public leagues in the whole Dream Team competition!
SENFrank01 – defeated Shufflebears (1,840). Our first win in this comp…the charge begins!
Twitter DT – defeated godees (1,886). Narrowest of wins…Saints domination of the Pies did me a massive favour!
Eliminator – defeated BHC Green Team (1,381). Geelong can cover the loss of Gary Ablett…but the Green Team couldn’t. Still alive…
Public League – 1st place (4-0, 157.52%)
SENFrank01 – 13th place (1-3, 94.96%)
Twitter DT – 8th place (3-1, 103.49%)
Good: Twelve scores over 90, seven of those 100-plus from the usual suspects like Gibbs (142), Joel Selwood (124), Pendlebury (122), Goddard (116) and…Taylor Walker? Yep, the Crows rookie came in for Ryan Houlihan and exploded for 115 points.
Bad: As great as the Essendon win over Hawthorn was to me personally, watching a clearly injured Luke Hodge (40) and Courtenay Dempsey (52) struggle to rack up stats was a major concern for my below-par defence. Now Hodge is out for up to a month…though I guess that beats stinking it up on the field…
Ugly: Choosing Leon Davis over Steve Johnson in my trade of Scott Lucas and having Davis withdraw from the Collingwood side, leaving me three players short in the forward line. By the way, Johnson scored 149 points…which would have seen me top 2,000 with two forwards out!
Public League – 4th placed Spartans (1,409 last week). Could be my first challenge if a few players return from injury…yes, including that Geelong guy! Fortunately, the Cats are being conservative with lil’ Ablett.
SENFrank01 – 5th placed Doctor Pink (1,541 last week). Players missing all over the shop, too many to replace in one week. A second win for us?
Twitter DT – 3rd placed D Team (1,973 last week). Good looking team, will need all my players up and running to be a chance.
Eliminator – Bob Neill Allstars (1,804 last week) Ablett, Ziebell and Kerr will be missing from his midfield so good chance to progress.
Potential changes/trades: Forward line! Both bench players are out, two of last week’s late withdrawals are named but no certainties to play and Higgins is an emergency for the Dogs. Do we leave the side alone, hope that Leon Davis and Mitch Brown both play and start Higgins in case he is called in at the last minute?
We run the risk of being at least one short up front…unless we trade Higgins, Houlihan or Skipworth. We only have spare change in the cap so if we lose our nerve and go the trade, it will be Houlihan for cheap rookie Steele Sidebottom…who should feature for Collingwood during their injury crisis and increase in value nicely.
Super Coach 14,193 points overall, 28,510th place – up a few thousand here as well, the injury curse must have savaged many more teams than mine!
Last Week: 1,942 points – would have cracked 2,000 if Higgins had played.
GMHBA – defeated Team Fox (1,493). Too many injured players out for them to present a real challenge
GMHBA – 3rd place (3-1, 120.21%)
Good: Four of the seven 100-plus scores for the week were over 120, including our choice of captain for the week, Dean Cox (123). And while each of their teams lost on the weekend, Chris Judd (128), Taylor Walker (124) and Brett Deledio (120) were winners for me.
Bad: His value may be up by 100 grand since the start of the season, and he gets a game every week, but Jared Petrenko has had scores of 21 and 11 in the past three weeks. That won’t wash with me…or, more importantly for him, it won’t wash with Neil Craig.
Ugly: This was the third week in a row where we scored under 2,000 points but that would have changed had Shaun Higgins taken the field for the Dogs on Sunday. With his late withdrawal, the Skipworth injury and no Ryan Houlihan, we fell short.
GMHBA – 14th placed Damo’s Dropkicks (1,797 last week). Needs to make two trades to be really competitive and, even then, would still be one player short.
Potential changes/trades: We have four forwards not playing this weekend but with our opponent guaranteed to be at least one player short as well, we should be able to get away with making one trade at most. But which player goes…Houlihan, Higgins, Skipworth or Ziebell? Houlihan has the second highest average of this group but is the only one not getting a game despite being fully fit. With 500 grand in the cap, it would cost us less than 100 grand to turn Houlihan into Steve Johnson. Sounds good to me…